. they graduate with about 5,330 of debt after graduation which is the lowest on our list. >> reporter: two local private schools that you wouldn't normally think of as affordable also make the grade on the rankings of best values in private colleges. george washington at 49 on the list and georgetown at 17. >> georgetown, for example, is close to $65,000. after need base aid goes down to about $30,000, less than that. >> reporter: it may surprise you who can qualify for these need base grants. yale, for example, extends them to families earning as much as $200,000 a year making it a lot more attainable to get that topnotch college education. and need base grants aren't the only way to go either. lots of schools are handing out big merit-base grants to students who don't qualify for need. for example, the average merit base grant at rice university, number two on the affordability list with $16,000. vanderbilt it's almost $24,000. so basically what you need to do if you're looking for an affordable college, let's say you're in the need department, look for the biggest endowments at universities.